Senegal - St Louis Jazz Festival

Senegal - St Louis Jazz Festival

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 10 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Day 1- 27th May 2020 - Arrival in Dakar

Arrive in Dakar and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel Djoloff or similar.

Days 2-6 – 28th May – 1st June - Dakar – Saint Louis

We continue to Saint Louis, a charming old town which was the first capital of all French colonies in West Africa. On the banks of the Senegal estuary, it first became an outpost of the French colonial penetration - spices, slaves, gold and Arabic gum all arrived via the river. It was thanks to the ventilated climate and advantageous location, that the presence of European merchants had always been constant, even before the actual colonial period. The city itself was later built on two large islands, between the river and the ocean. Having been the former station of the “Aereopostale” airmail pioneer operation, Saint Exupéry himself - the famous aviator and author of “The Little Prince” - had a base here as well! The best way to visit the narrow lanes of Saint Louis is by calash, just as locals do! Time to enjoy the unique atmosphere of this old town. We will spend the nights in the town historic hotel - built in 1895 and now fully renovated, it was here that all Aeropostale pilots use to stay.

In the mornings we explore Saint Louis.

We will have one half day excursion to Langue de Barberie to discover a unique humid and isolated ecosystem, limited to the north by the dunes of the Sahara and to the south by the dry Sahelian savannah. This “humid paradise” - the best habitat and nesting site for over a million of migratory and resident birds - lies on the southeastern bank of the Senegal River and offers a range of wetland habitats that are very popular with migrating birds, many of which get here after crossing the Sahara. Out of over 400 species, pelicans and flamingos are the most common, whereas aquatic warblers are a bit less conspicuous - migrating here from Europe, this park is their single most important wintering site yet discovered. Apart from birds, a wide range of wildlife is also present.

During the 5 days we will attend the main event of the Jazz festival, in particularly the evening concerts. During the day, time to relax, time to enjoy jam sessions and the festival. Overnight Hotel de la Poste or similar (B)

Days 7-9 – 2nd – 4th June – Saint Louis – Dakar

Drive to Dakar where we will stay for the next three days to enjoy the Biennale. In the mornings we will do a city tour of Dakar and Gorè island. In the afternoon, we will enjoy the various shows which take place all over the city including the island of Gore and Ngor.  Three days of visual art, music and theatre in a pure “African Style” in Dakar: the centre of political, artistic and intellectual “renouveau”. (Artists and program to be announced)

Optional Excursion – Lac Rose

Day excursion to Lac Rose, a shallow saltwater lake surrounded by dunes, also known as Lac Retba. The water is ten times saltier than in the ocean and thanks to the high concentration the lake often shimmers into pink. More than 600 workers here collect salt in the traditional way. Along the coast we discover the largest fisherman village in Senegal, more than 4500 wooden painted pirogues came to the shore with the catch of the day. We will live our vehicles for a less intrusive, but fun, donkey chariot to approach the fisherman selling to the local market women, to meet the artisans craving the large pirogues, the painters decorating them with bright colours and if  we are lucky the “local saint” for final blessing before sailing.

Overnight Hotel Djoloff or similar (B)

Day 10 – 5th June – Dakar Departure

Today spend more time at the Biennale. In the late afternoon, transfer to the airport for your departure flight (B)

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